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8 Skilled Jobs That May Soon Be Replaced by Robots - 0 views

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    "Unskilled manual laborers have felt the pressure of automation for a long time - but, increasingly, they're not alone. The last few years have been a bonanza of advances in artificial intelligence. As our software gets smarter, it can tackle harder problems, which means white-collar and pink-collar workers are at risk as well. Here are eight jobs expected to be automated (partially or entirely) in the coming decades. Call Center Employees call-center Telemarketing used to happen in a crowded call center, with a group of representatives cold-calling hundreds of prospects every day. Of those, maybe a few dozen could be persuaded to buy the product in question. Today, the idea is largely the same, but the methods are far more efficient. Many of today's telemarketers are not human. In some cases, as you've probably experienced, there's nothing but a recording on the other end of the line. It may prompt you to "press '1' for more information," but nothing you say has any impact on the call - and, usually, that's clear to you. But in other cases, you may get a sales call and have no idea that you're actually speaking to a computer. Everything you say gets an appropriate response - the voice may even laugh. How is that possible? Well, in some cases, there is a human being on the other side, and they're just pressing buttons on a keyboard to walk you through a pre-recorded but highly interactive marketing pitch. It's a more practical version of those funny soundboards that used to be all the rage for prank calls. Using soundboard-assisted calling - regardless of what it says about the state of human interaction - has the potential to make individual call center employees far more productive: in some cases, a single worker will run two or even three calls at the same time. In the not too distant future, computers will be able to man the phones by themselves. At the intersection of big data, artificial intelligence, and advanced
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OLIVE: a system for emulating old OSes on old processors that saves old data from extinction / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "is an experimental service from Carnegie Mellon University that stores images of old processors, as well as the old operating systems that ran on top of them, along with software packages for those old OSes; this allows users to access old data from obsolete systems inside simulations of the computers that originally ran that data, using the original operating systems and applications."
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This school scans classrooms every 30 seconds through facial recognition technology - 0 views

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    "The system is called as"Intelligent Classroom Behavior Management system" and it is being used at Hangzhou No. 11 High School. With scanning facial expressions the system has the ability to even analysis six types of behaviors by the students such as standing up, reading, writing, hand raising, listening to the teacher, and leaning on the desk."
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'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""When you have a fully digital system you have no weapon to defend yourself if someone turns it off," he says. "If Putin invades Gotland [Sweden's largest island] it will be enough for him to turn off the payments system. No other country would even think about taking these sorts of risks, they would demand some sort of analogue system.""
blackthunder175

Legacy Systems Are Impeding Grand Traverse County, Mich.'s Evolution, Officials Say - 1 views

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    "The county is plotting the course to replace an enterprise resource planning system that has been in place since the 1980s."
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Top 10 AI failures of 2016 - TechRepublic - 0 views

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    "But with all of the successes of AI, it's also important to pay attention to when, and how, it can go wrong, in order to prevent future errors. A recent paper by Roman Yampolskiy, director of the Cybersecurity Lab at the University of Louisville, outlines a history of AI failures which are "directly related to the mistakes produced by the intelligence such systems are designed to exhibit." According to Yampolskiy, these types of failures can be attributed to mistakes during the learning phase or mistakes in the performance phase of the AI system."
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Tesla autopilot warns of accident about to happen to the cars in front / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The Tesla Autopilot system registered that the SUV in front of the lead car was braking hard and the system recognized this as a major danger."
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Science relies on computer modelling, but what happens when it goes wrong? -- Science & Technology -- Sott.net - 0 views

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    Much of current science deals with even more complicated systems, and similarly lacks exact solutions. Such models have to be "computational" - describing how a system changes from one instant to the next. But there is no way to determine the exact state at some time in the future other than by "simulating" its evolution in this way. Weather forecasting is a familiar example; until the advent of computers in the 1950s, it was impossible to predict future weather faster than it actually happened.
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This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk - 0 views

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    "Neural networks can find telltale patterns in a person's gait that can be used to recognize and identify them with almost perfect accuracy, according to new research published in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. The new system, called SfootBD, is nearly 380 times more accurate than previous methods, and it doesn't require a person to go barefoot in order to work. It's less invasive than other behavioral biometric verification systems, such as retinal scanners or fingerprinting, but its passive nature could make it a bigger privacy concern, since it could be used covertly."
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London cops are subjecting people in the centre of town to facial recognition today and tomorrow / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "People in Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square are being told by the London Metropolitan Police to submit to a trial of the force's notoriously inaccurate, racially biased facial recognition system, which clocks in an impressive error-rate of 98% (the system has been decried by Professor Paul Wiles, the British biometrics commissioner, as an unregulated mess)."
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College installs facial recognition to make sure students don't get friends to sign in for them - 0 views

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    "The facial recognition system is currently being rolled out across six of Prof Shen's classes. "The new system saves time and reduces the workload of students," Prof Shen told the Beijing News. "Out of one hundred students, it usually only fails to recognise one student." But obviously, not everyone is a fan."
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Computer says no: why making AIs fair, accountable and transparent is crucial | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In October, American teachers prevailed in a lawsuit with their school district over a computer program that assessed their performance. The system rated teachers in Houston by comparing their students' test scores against state averages. Those with high ratings won praise and even bonuses. Those who fared poorly faced the sack. The program did not please everyone. Some teachers felt that the system marked them down without good reason. But they had no way of checking if the program was fair or faulty: the company that built the software, the SAS Institute, regards its algorithm a trade secret and would not disclose its workings."
BOB SAGET

Ripoff Report: SecurityLink Home Security System faulty equipment - 0 views

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    Family feels that they shouldn't have to pay for a security system that doesn't work!
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Microsoft apologises after Bing translates 'Daesh' into 'Saudi Arabia' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Najjar told the Huffington Post that the error was most likely due to Bing's use of crowdsourced translations. The service can promote alternative translations to the top spot if they receive suggestions from about 1,000 people, which means that without manual correction it is possible to manipulate the system and substitute the correct translation for an alternative."
BOB SAGET

Couple who took £61,000 from faulty ATM sentenced | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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      So can you explain how that machine works - input process output and storage? Is it an expert system?
  • the fault arose owing to the machine being very old
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      What issues would this be?
    • BOB SAGET
       
      RELIABILITY>> DUH
BOB SAGET

Faulty light worries riders - The Oakland Press News: The best place for news in and around Oakland County - 0 views

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      The IT system is a Traffic Light. The light is faulty therefore the social and ethical issue is system.
  • equestrians
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      The stakeholders are the people who use the Light.
  • rider and pedestrian safety
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      Security is another social and ethical issue.
dr tech

AI system as good as experts at recognising skin cancers, say researchers | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Computers can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts, according to the latest research attempting to apply artificial intelligence to health."
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Lexus software update fail shows crashing future for cars | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Toyota's Lexus rolled out an update for some of its cars, including RX350, which broke the vehicles' navigation and entertainment systems leaving them stuck in a boot loop. Lexus confirmed that the software updates are routinely pushed out via satellite to cars and that a faulty application may be to blame."
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Nasdaq crash triggers fear of data meltdown | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Jaron Lanier, the author and inventor of the concept of virtual reality, warned that digital infrastructure was moving beyond human control. He said: "When you try to achieve great scale with automation and the automation exceeds the boundaries of human oversight, there is going to be failure. That goes for governments, for consumer companies, for Google, or a big insurance company. It is infuriating because it is driven by unreasonable greed. In many cases, the systems that tend to fail, fail because of an attempt to make them run automatically with a minimal amount of human oversight.""
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